Tesoro Ristorante of Westbury has a 31-year reputation for serving fine food in a relaxed, comfortable environment. Tesoro, which means treasure in Italian, is a true gold mine for delicious Italian cuisine and the service is always professional, courteous and knowledgeable.
Owner, Tony Vitucci greets you with a warm and gracious welcome, instantly making you feel right at home. You may even recognize Tony as he has made a number of cameos in movies and television shows throughout the years including Analyze That, Law and Order and The Sopranos. He and his partner Angelo take much pride in their business and are happy to serve their customers the finest cuisine depictive of various regions in Italy.
Tony welcomed us and sat us in a private room (typically used for catering) where the fire was roaring and music played softly. We began our dining experience with the Roasted Beet Salad, which is topped with beets, goat cheese, mandarin oranges and their secret dressing, which was simply extraordinary (below left). All ingredients were extremely fresh and the presentation was simple, yet elegant. It’s a tasteful, refreshing salad that can’t be “beet”!
Shrimp Phyllo were next to come from the kitchen (above right). This offering could
be best described as “shrimp in a blanket” as the gulf shrimp are wrapped in
phyllo dough and then baked. They make a nice finger food and were served alongside
an excellent horseradish dipping sauce that complimented the shrimp nicely.
Fresh Burrata Mozzarella is hard to come by and we were pleased to find it is available at the restaurant (below left). We were even more pleased to hear that it is freshly made in house, which is a unique find. It was just superb tasting, fresh, delicious and incredibly soft it practically melts in your mouth. If it’s available, we highly suggest you order it!
We continued with a praiseworthy pasta dish – Agnolotti stuffed with five different cheeses, bathed in a light, creamy basil sauce and topped with peas and fresh shrimp (above right). The agnolotti were perfectly prepared to a soft al dente, the sauce was a creamy delight and the shrimp were exceptionally tender. Tony let us in on a little secret – this dish is made with dry basil rather than fresh basil, and that gives it a whole new, wonderful flavor.
The Red Snapper Barese is a freshly filleted snapper sautéed with white wine, lemon, butter and garlic topped with chopped roma tomatoes and bay scallops (below left). The fish is exquisitely delicate, fork tender and succulent with great flavors. The scallops are an excellent addition as they’re battered and baked, enjoyably crisp and loaded with flavor.
Our final entrée was the Roasted Pork Loin Castagna which features sliced pork tenderloin bathed in a homemade, brown chestnut sauce with a touch of Marsala wine (above right). The chestnuts were soft and terrific and really enhanced the sauce. The pork was ideally prepared and served alongside some fresh escarola mixed with a palatable medley of tomatoes, garlic and roasted potatoes (below left).
We ended our dining experience on a sweet note with three delectable, homemade creations beginning with the Crème Broule (above right). The consistency is perfect throughout and the caramelization was impressively paper-thin.
Raspberry Crumb Cheesecake is definitely worth saving room for (below left). It is extremely rich
and decadent and garnished with fresh fruit.
presented in a martini glass, the Chocolate Covered Strawberries With Zabaglione is
a delightful, alcohol infused treat (above right). The strawberries were ripe and the zabaglione
was fluffy and not too overpowering.
Tesoro Ristorante you’ll find authentic Italian cuisine prepared with the freshest
ingredients and service that will leave you looking forward to your next visit. Next time you’re in the area be sure to experience this “treasure”
in Westbury. Dine here once and you’ll surely be back for more!